Social Work

Departmental Affiliation: Sociology

The goals of the social work profession is multi-faceted and includes counseling, crisis intervention, diagnosis, evaluation or assessment of client's status and needs, and resource referral. Social workers work in a wide variety of settings that provide direct care or as referral agents for clients to locate an array of services in the community, such as substance abuse rehabilitation, healthcare, housing, childcare, eldercare, adoption services, foster care, grief counseling, or job training. In addition, social workers work in organizations that provide emergency or disaster relief services to individuals, families and the community. They can be found in city, county, state, or federal agencies, as well as in non-profit organizations serving the community, such as schools, hospitals, mental health centers, corrections facilities, or other health and human services settings. Employment in for-profit private practice agencies is expanding.

Social work as a social services profession is highly rewarding and client-centered, with a strong advocacy focus. Social workers aim to assure that services and resources needed by their clients are provided to them. The demand for social workers is high and is planned to continue to grow in the future, particularly in the areas of healthcare and gerontology. Our program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in social work.

Social Work Bachelor of Science Degree

Requirements

Required preparatory lower division courses:

PSY 1

Introductory Psychology

(3)

or SOC 5

Sociological Perspectives

 

MTH 38

Elements of Probability and Statistics

(3)

or BUS 38

Elements of Probability and Statistics

 

or PSY 40

Basic Statistical Methods

 

Required courses:

SOC 13

Anatomy for Social Services or BIO 40A Anatomy

(3)

SOC 103

Introduction to Group Process/Therapy

(3)

SOC 104

The Family*

(3)

SOC 106

Introduction to Psychotherapy

(3)

SOC 110

Juvenile Delinquency*

(3)

or SOC 10

Youth & Crime

 

SOC 112

Medical Sociology*

(3)

SOC 117

Quantitative Research Methods

(3)

SOC 118

Qualitative Research Methods: Ethnography

(3)

SOC 120

Case Management in Health & Human Services

(3)

SOC 121

Human Services Ethics

(3)

SOC 128

Introduction to Social Work

(3)

or SOC 7

Introduction to Human Services

 

SOC 134

Mediation and Negotiation

(3)

or SOC 130

Organizational Communication

 

GER 189

Gerontology*

(3)

BSW197A

Internship and Practicum

(3)

Plus two courses from among the following:

SOC 102

Sociology of Children

(3)

or SOC 6

The Family, Child, and Community

 

SOC 105

Couples

(3)

SOC 107

Anger Management

(3)

SOC 108

Substance Abuse Counseling

(3)

SOC 130

Organizational Communication

(3)

SOC 134

Mediation

(3)

SOC 161

Majority-Minority Relations

(3)

SOC 180

Social Stratification

(3)

GER 184

Diversity and Aging in the Social Environment

(3)

GER 188

Caregiving and Adaptation for Elders

(3)

GER 192

Thantology

 

Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units.

Total required units for B.S. in Social Work: 48

*Courses that include fieldwork component